Did you know that Vitamin D should be taken together with magnesium to activate this nutrient? Nutrients don’t work alone, and the Vitamin D Council recommends that Vitamin D be taking with its essential co-factors including magnesium, boron, and zinc as well as Vitamin K and A.
The Vitamin D Council goes even further in expressing their concerns for ADEQUATE magnesium supplementation:
The Vitamin D Council believes that the daily amounts of magnesium recommended by the Food and Nutrition Board aren’t enough to keep your body healthy; and that both men and women may need more than is recommended. Some research studies show that your body needs between 500 and 700 mg a day.
It’s not just the Vitamin D Council that is educating the public about the necessity of magnesium supplementation with Vitamin D. Recently, the American Osteopathic Association released their findings reporting that magnesium deficiency is preventing people from utilizing Vitamin D:
Vitamin D can’t be metabolized without sufficient magnesium levels, meaning Vitamin D remains stored and inactive for as many as 50 percent of Americans. In addition, Vitamin D supplements can increase a person’s calcium and phosphate levels even while they remain Vitamin D deficient. People may suffer from vascular calcification if their magnesium levels aren’t high enough to prevent the complication.
The co-author of the study says that “People are taking Vitamin D supplements but don’t realize how it gets metabolized. Without magnesium, Vitamin D is not really useful or safe.”
Internationally respected magnesium expert Dr. Carolyn Dean has been educating the public on the important role of magnesium and Vitamin D for twenty years and, even more specifically, demonstrating through research and medical reference what happens when magnesium deficiency symptoms are induced as Vitamin D ‘uses up’ magnesium in its conversion to its ‘active form’ in the bloodstream from supplements and sunlight.
As more and more doctors, practitioners and medical professionals incorporate Vitamin D into their treatment plans they will also have to include magnesium as well! And, just in case that part of the equation has escaped their attention it doesn’t have to escape yours.